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Crowdfunding maestro, Brandon T. Adams has raised tens of millions of dollars collectively for celebrities, entrepreneurs, and established organizations. As a TV host, producer, prolific podcaster, and speaker, Adams motivates and educates audiences worldwide on how they can build the platform and funds they need to create the legacy they want.
Adams is the creator of the Arctic stick, a beverage cooler available on Amazon.com. He got the idea during his college years on a hot day while driving a delivery truck for the family business. Adams played with the idea on and off, developing it over the course of several years and eventually turning to Kickstarter to get together the final round of funds he needed to take the product to market. Ultimately the campaign was a success but also a wake-up call: Adams realized that there was desperate need for sound advice on how to reap the benefits of crowdfunding, which at that time was still relatively in its infancy.
Adams embarked on a national tour interviewing entrepreneurs and others to compile a set of best practices in crowdfunding, an endeavor which resulted in the bestselling book Keys to the Crowd: Unlocking the Power of Crowdfunding. His reputation as an expert in crowdfunding was further secured shortly afterwards, when he collaborated with podcasting powerhouse John Lee Dumas in crowdfunding nearly half a million dollars in just 33 days for Dumas’ book project, The Freedom Journal.
Since then, Adams has gone on to work with several high profile figures such as Jeff Hoffman, the co-founder of Priceline.com; Kevin Harrington business man and original shark from the show Shark Tank, and Shawn Vela, 13X Emmy® Award Winning Director/Cinematographer. Adams is the co-host and producer of the TV Shows Live to Grind, Ambitious Adventures, and Success in Your City. He is the youngest entrepreneur to be featured in the film Think and Grow Rich the Legacy, which also profiles Barbara Corcoran, Bob Proctor, Sharon Lechter, Darren Hardy, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes. Adams is a stakeholder in multiple businesses, including his consulting firm, Accelerant Media Group; Live to Grind; and Young Entrepreneur Convention, Iowa’s largest Entrepreneurial Event.
Full Keynote Speech
Brandon T. Adams is an Emmy® Award Winning Producer and TV Host that inspires, motivates, and educates others through speaking, podcasting, events, and his TV Show.
Brandon grew up working with his father in the packaged ice business. He and his father grew the business to a tri-state region and in 2014 Brandon acquired the business from his father. Adams’ Ice Service is an Ice distributor under the brand Arctic Glacier Ice.
One hot day while delivering Ice Brandon’s bottled beverage got warm on a hot summer day. He had used ice-cubes before to keep the drink cold but putting ice cubes in the bottle was time consuming and diluted the drink. This problem led Brandon to inventing the product Arctic Stick, an innovate new product that cools and flavors drinks. After investing $100,000 of his own money and 3.5 years of hard work he took the product to market and it sells on Amazon today. He also obtained a patent and 2 trademarks for his invention.
During the last leg of funding for Arctic Stick, Brandon turned to Kickstarter.com to crowdfund the money needed for his invention. After a successful crowdfunding campaign Brandon realized that there were many people who needed support in crowdfunding their ideas. This led Brandon to traveling the country, interviewing others for his podcast and learning the tricks of crowdfunding. That year he wrote the book “Keys to the Crowd Unlocking the Power of Crowdfunding”. Soon after he went on his TV Tour going on morning shows around the country promoting local crowdfunding campaigns on LIVE TV.
Brandon’s career was launched when he worked with top podcaster John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire. He and John went on to raise $453,000 in 33 days for the book the Freedom Journal. This became the 5th largest crowdfunding campaign of its kind in history.
This led to him working with other celebrities and organizations to help them raise money for their ideas and products. This was the start of Accelerant Media Group, a Crowdfunding, Branding, PR, and Video Marketing Company.
Brandon used his crowdfunding expertise to crowdfund 2 of his own companies, get investment in others, crowdfund a TV Show he co-hosted with Greg Rollett called Ambitious Adventures, and even help crowdfund the Movie Think and Grow Rich The Legacy based off of the classical book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill that has sold over 130 Million copies worldwide. One of the highlights of Brandon’s crowdfunding career was being invited to consult with XPRIZE, a nonprofit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit humanity.
Brandon’s crowdfunding experience creating campaign videos led him to creating promotional videos and other video assets for clients. Eventually he started producing his own TV Shows such as Live to Grind, Ambitious Adventures, and Success in Your City.
After crowdfunding the movie Think and Grow Rich the Legacy Brandon became more involved with the project and became an Associate Producer and the youngest featured entrepreneur in the movie along with other iconic entrepreneurs such as Barbara Corcoran, Bob Proctor, Sharon Lechter, Darren Hardy, Grant Cardone, Lewis Howes, and more. The Think and Grow Rich Movie has been seen by millions worldwide and is available in 3 languages.
Brandon is also known for putting on masterminds, entrepreneurial events, and charity fundraisers across the country. In 2015 he co-founded Young Entrepreneur Convention with the inaugural launch in April of 2016, which became Iowa’s largest Entrepreneurial Event, which puts on the largest 1-day elevator pitch competition in the country giving away over $50,000 worth of value each year. The event is still running today and has impacted young entrepreneurs from over 30 states and 5 different countries.
All of 2018 Brandon and his fiancé Samantha Rossin were on the Mission to Redefine the Meaning of Success. They sold their house, 99% of their belongings, and even a company to go all in on this endeavor. They lived in different cities across the country to discover the true meaning of Success through unconventional stories of Success. They Documented the Journey and filmed a 5 parts series for their show “Success in Your City”.
Their team consist of Executive Producers Jeff Hoffman “Co-founder of Priceline.com” and Kevin Harrington “Original Shark of Hit show Shark Tank”, and Shawn Vela a 13X Emmy® Award Winning Director/Cinematographer. The Show Recently won 2 Emmy® Awards for their Show Trailer and The Shea Hillenbrand Story: Against All Odds.
In 2019 Brandon will be touring the country on his Success Tour and Releasing the Success in Your City TV Series.
He is also in the process of working with a team to form an Investment Fund that invests in companies with a special emphasis on Woman Entrepreneurs and Immigrants.
Brandon shares what he has learned about Success on Stages across the Country sharing stories from individuals living on the Streets, to Billionaires, CEOs, Celebrities, Movie Stars, and Professional Athletes. He has come up with a Success formula that everyone can apply to find their own version of Success in Business, Life, and Love.
Entrepreneur and crowdfunding expert, Brandon Adams shares the lessons he learned from the years of work it took to get his invention, the Arctic Stick to market. Adams details the ups and downs of the path he took, the decision-making processes he went through, and how he eventually positioned himself as one of the top authorities on ways to make crowdfunding work for you.
Throughout his presentation, Adams emphasizes that we need to make a long-term commitment to the legacy we want to leave. “‘Overnight success’ is years in the making,” he drives home. “It takes time. It takes hard work. It takes time and passion, but it’s worth it and you just have to keep going.”
Entrepreneur Brandon T. Adams is a must-have speaker if you’re preparing to crowdfund, build a brand from scratch, or in need of a motivational push. Adams learned actionable lessons on these topics firsthand as he spent years getting his own invention, the Arctic Stick, to market. Young entrepreneurs, celebrities, and veteran business professionals have sought his direct and no-nonsense advice on social media marketing and crowdfunding.
Adams’ experiences and the strategies he’s developed because of them will help you focus your time and energy on activities that produce results.
Keys to the Crowd How to Unlock the Power of Crowdfunding
Adams shares his story of how he grew up in the ice business, how it led him to invent a product called Arctic Stick and get into Crowdfunding.
Core Content of Keynote
He goes deep into all the tactics he's used to raise millions of dollars for various crowdfunding campaigns. He covers the 4 main Steps to apply when crowdfunding, which are also applicable to other areas of business and life.
1. Forethought Process
2. Utilizing Marketing Plan
3. Narrative of the Video and Sales Copy
4. Deliver value in the Product and Offerings
Adams shares behind-the scenes of how he raised money for these campaigns:
• Ambitious Adventures TV Show – How he and his team crowdfunded and produced an Emmy Nominated TV show that is on Amazon Prime.
• The Freedom Journal – 5th largest crowdfunding campaign in history for a book.
• Think and Grow Rich Movie – The largest crowdfunding campaign in history for a docudrama.
• Put a Shark in Your Tank Book with Kevin Harrington – How this campaign led to Kevin finding an invention that has done over $100 Million in Revenue in 2.5 years.
Building your Brand and Influence
Adams challenges the audience to define what success means to them and what their goal is in life. He shares his background growing up and how it led to a career in crowdfunding and video marketing.
Core Content of Keynote
Adams shares how he started building his own brand. At the time he didn’t know he was doing it; he was just doing the things necessary to be seen and get more sales. He shares 5 main ways that you can do the same:
1. Books and Blogging
2. Recording Video Content
3. Audio – Speaking and Podcasting
4. Networking – Events
5. Delivering Value – Delivering value to your audience
For each point he shares a story and tactics on how he specifically built his brand in each area.
1. Books and Blogging – How he wrote a book in 3 days and also how he crowdfunded multiple books with one being a book he co-authored and made a best seller. He share tactics with blogging, drawing from his experience publishing over 200 blogs.
2. Recording Video Content – He shares how he leveraged video to be seen online, from iPhone to college videographers to an Emmy Award Winning Production Team creating TV Shows.
3. Audio – He shares specific moments where he used podcasting to make business deals and even how one podcast guest landed him on the cover of inventor’s digest. He also shares how speaking is a great way to find opportunities.
4. Networking - He discusses how he started an event in Iowa called Young Entrepreneur Convention to make more connections and do business deals that are impacting his life today.
5. Delivering Value – He shares exactly how he delivered value to influential people and got into their inner circle which resulted in growing his business and influence.
King of Crowdfunding to Media Mogul
This speech is full of stories along his journey and how each story shares a lesson that each attendee can apply to their own life. He also integrates 4 videos in this presentation. Specific videos are selected based on the audience's interests and the goals of the event.
1. Becoming the King of Crowdfunding
Adams shares from beginning to end how he went from beginner to King of Crowdfunding leading some of the largest campaigns in history. He talks about how he knew he needed to be an expert in something and crowdfunding became his thing that he wanted to be the best at. He shares how he branded and marketed himself through Speaking, Podcasting, writing a book, going on TV, and getting in the news. He also touches on how he targeted working with celebrities to grow his brand and network faster.
2. Making Connections and Building Relationships
He talks about how he launched his own event in Iowa to build up connections and high-profile relationship such as Kevin Harrington, Jeff Hoffman, Greg Rollett, John Lee Dumas and more. These connections led to filming multiple TV shows that they all were involved in. The connection with Greg Rollett led Adams to becoming a co-host on the TV show, Ambitious Adventures.
3. Adding Value to others
Adams imparts how he added massive value to the team creating the movie Think and Grow Rich The Legacy. He explains how he became involved in the movie as an associate producer as well as a shareholder in the company. This strategic move allowed him to take his brand and connections to an entire new level.
4. The Power of creating video content
Adams explains how he went all in on video and wanted to become the best at it. In 3 years he had invested over $350,000 in creating video content. He shares the power of video marketing and how to specifically create it and utilize it to make more money and get what you want in life. He shows video examples that others can implement in their business.
How to FUND the Life you want
Adams shares his dramatic career journey, fleshing out four key characteristics that made all the difference between success and failure.
1. Forethought – Preparation for Your Success.
Adams shares his journey building his brand, connections, and everything he did to prepare for his success. He shares tips on making connections with anyone you want, how to market yourself, and how to put yourself in the right position to win in life.
2. Utilization of Marketing Plan – Always be marketing
He delves into marketing tactics and how we are always marketing to get what we want in life. He demonstrates specific techniques for getting others on board with your vision.
3. Narrative – Story Telling
Story telling is the most powerful thing we have as humans and for thousands of years it has moved people to do things and has created movements. Adams explains the importance of communicating your message and also sharing your own story.
4. Delivering Value – Adding value to your clients and mentors.
Adams talks about how everyone must gain a specialized knowledge in a certain area so they can use that knowledge to solve problems and help people, which results in sales and getting what you want in life. He shares specific ways to add massive value to clients which results in more sales. He discusses how to add value to mentors to get them to help you achieve your own success. Additionally, he examines how you can add value to your fans and followers who will buy your products and help you see your vision through.
SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?
ADAMS: I want them to be inspired, motivated, and educated to pursue and achieve whatever goal they have. I always strive to create memorable moments for the attendees by sharing powerful stories and engaging the crowd. My keynotes are unlike any other keynote you will see. I incorporate stories, videos, entertainment, and tactical tips that can be used right away. Every Keynote I give is different and it is catered to the audience I am speaking to.
SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?
ADAMS: Prior to the event, I do a tremendous amount of research on the company or group that is bringing me in to speak. I usually request to do a short call with them to discuss more about their goals and needs with the keynote. It takes dozens of hours to prepare for the perfect 45-60-minute keynote. There is a system I apply to all keynotes I give and it’s thoroughly test driven now that I have spoken at over 150 events. The day of my keynote I have rituals and exercises I go through to ensure I’m in my prime before taking the stage.
SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?
ADAMS: There are so many stories I could share on memorable moments. Attendees from my past events have utilized what I shared with them and have gone on to become best-selling authors, TEDx Speakers, CEOs, and more. I once had an attendee who had a speech impediment come up to me after my talk. I gave them some tips on how to get rid of it and 5 weeks later I got an email from them sharing with me that my advice worked, and they were already getting better at speaking.
One thing I’m proud of is that I’ve never missed a speaking event. NEVER. I always show up and bring the fire. One time I was starting to lose my voice 24 hours before an event, but through research and drinking the right tea with ginger, my voice was ready to go. I’m dedicated to the company who brings me in to speak and always provide the best experience and value just like my father taught me in the ice business.
SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?
ADAMS: My message can connect with any audience and has been shared with all different ranges of groups. I make sure to cater it specifically to the audience I’m speaking to. If I had to pick a specific group that benefits most from my message, I would say the millennial generation, since I am a millennial and know them better than any other group.
SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?
ADAMS: My favorite talk is How to TRAIN for Success: Building Brand and Influence Online. The stories and tactics I share apply to everyone and any industry. I talk about the power of video and how to communicate the story of your business and your brand.
I really enjoy talking with professionals that are striving to become the next CEO or high-level executive in their company.
SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?
ADAMS: I used to pitch at events all the time for my invention Arctic Stick and it led me to doing crowdfunding campaigns. I always had to pitch on camera and share my ideas in front of audiences. It made me realize how much I enjoyed speaking and entertaining others.
SPEAKING.COM: How much do case studies, personal stories and or humor factor into your keynote speech content?
ADAMS: My keynotes are full of case studies of past campaigns I have run. They’re full of my own stories in business and how they can relate to the audience. I always make sure to make the audience laugh and even impact them in a positive way that sometimes makes them cry.
SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve helped clients make?
ADAMS: I’ve helped clients raise millions of dollars for their ideas from books to movies, TV Shows, Nonprofits, and startup companies.
I’ve worked with high-profile clients such as Kevin Harrington, John Lee Dumas, ShipChain, XPRIZE, Keller Williams Realty, Think and Grow Rich The Legacy, and more. I’ve worked with clients to raise money, create promotional videos, and build their brand. I’ve helped others become better speakers, marketers, and even become comfortable on camera sharing their story and mission.
“Brandon T. Adams is one of the few keynote speakers that have kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. He captivates audiences; pulling you into his story in a way that helps you discover your own and then leaves you with a blueprint of actionable steps to make real change in your life.”
-David France – TEDx Speaker, Founder and Executive Director of Revolution of Hope, Bestselling Author of Show Up: Unlocking the Power of Relational Networking
“Brandon has a gift for Teaching. I’ve sat in the audience and watched, I’ve shared the stage with Brandon and I have no doubt his message resonates with Entrepreneurs. We are watching the launch of one of America’s New Generational Leaders. I highly suggest working with Brandon.”
-Kevin Harrington – The Original Shark on ABCs Shark Tank and Inventor of the Infomercial
“Brandon spoke at our company event in Tokyo, Japan and he brought tremendous value to our audience and all of our employees. He motivated, empowered, and engaged the audience. He’s one of the best speakers I have ever heard on stage. Not only does he motivate you but he gives you tangible steps to apply for your own Success. I highly suggest you hire him for your next company event or conference.”
-Brian D. Evans – Inc. 500 Entrepreneur, CMO of ShipChain, and Forbes 4th most influential business journalists in the world
“I had the honor of having Brandon Speak at my event. Brandon brought massive value to the audience and kept them engaged the entire time. He shared social media hacks, video marketing tips, and how to have success in all areas of life. Everyone walked away with tactics they could implement right away and they were motivated and ready to achieve their own Success. I highly suggest Brandon to speak at any event. He’s worth it!”
-Erin Cell – Founder of Social Media Day Denver Conference and Socially Powered
“Brandon T. Adams is one of those people who can control an audience from beginning to the end dropping value bombs everywhere in between. I was impressed with the Value he gives, stage presence, and how he connects with the audience when he speaks to them. He really gets into the core of the attendees. I recommend Brandon to speak at any conference. He brings the heat and doesn’t stop until the mic is dropped.”
-John Lee Dumas – Host of Top iTunes Podcast Entrepreneur on Fire
“When Brandon speaks he is full of energy, excitement, and has this bravado and confidence about him that is contagious. He had everyone in the room laughing with him, and sometimes even crying. He captures the audience’s emotions and gets them to do something when they leave.”
-Greg Rollett – Emmy® Award Winning Producer, Co-founder of Ambitious Media Group. Host of Emmy Nominated TV Show Ambitious Adventures
“His speech was life changing. I totally recommend him as a speaker. His enthusiasm, his confidence, and his information. Not only is he hype and pumped up but he’s truth. If you are wanting him to come speak at your conference, make the decision and make it happen right now! He’s a 100% guy and one of the realist people there is.”
-Caleb Maddix – Keynote Speaker, Author, and Leader of The 180 Movement
“Brandon gives so much value to the people in the room. People in the room said this guy is amazing and one of the best speakers of the day, if not the whole event. It was a pleasure having him speak at my event. I have nothing but great things to say about him. “
-Eric Yang – Founder of Millennial Entrepreneur Network Event
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Keys To The Crowd: Unlocking the Power of Crowdfunding
In Keys To The Crowd, Brandon will teach you about crowdfunding and provide you with actionable steps to leverage crowdfunding to fund your next big idea.
Do you have an idea for a product or business? “Yes,” you say? Okay. Next question: Do you have the funds necessary to offer you product or business to the masses?
If you answered, “Yes!” Congrats! You can skip this blog post and continue on making your millions. Chances are, however, most of you answered with a resounding, “No…”
Don’t hang your head. I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to have a great idea, a plan to turn it into the next million dollar product … and … um … no funds to get it done.
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